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Old 10-05-2013, 11:20 AM   #1
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Ford 2004 F150 4X4 automatic

Does anyone know if you can flat tow a 2004 Ford F150 4X4 automatic?
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Old 10-05-2013, 12:49 PM   #2
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Based on the owners guide for your truck, no. Page 189.
4WD vehicles electronic shift transfer case:
4x4 vehicles with electronic shift on the fly cannot be towed with any
wheels on the ground.

The rear bushing/bearing in the transmission does not like to be run dry.
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Old 10-05-2013, 02:44 PM   #3
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Renne Harper,
Well, the simple answer is NO. Ford had its head in you know where all the way up to 2012 when it came to flat towing any of their electronic shift transfer case units, especially the F-150. The Rangers, of certain model years, could be modified, but, the larger F-150, had no modifications that were applicable to make them flat towable. But, in 2012, Ford finally had a light bulb go in their head and made the F-150 4x4 Automatic flat towable. There's been a few threads on the subject in the last few years.
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Does the "sticky" at the top of this forum apply to your Ford?
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Old 10-07-2013, 08:58 AM   #5
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First of all I would like to thank you all for the great responses that you sent me. This is my very first RV. It's a used 40ft 2001 diesel pusher Tiffin Allegro Bus that's new to me. It came with a 2001 Chevy Malibu as a flat tow car with a blue ox tow bar. I want to get a small are mid size flat tow truck, so I can put two scooters in the bed of it. Im looking for something used that has under 100,000 miles. Anyone have any suggestions on what and where to start?
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Not 100% sure about this but we used to own a 2004 F-150 automatic. While it was our understanding the the F-150s with the electronic shift transfer case were NOT towable (as has been previously stated here), ours had the manual shift transfer case and we always understood that ours would have been towable. Unfortunately we traded the truck before we had a chance (or the need) to confirm it. I believe you will find that only the very base model F-150s had the manual transfer case in 2004. I also happen to believe the truck weighed more than we wanted to tow behind our motorhome. That may be more of an issue than the transfer case. Good luck if you decide to pursue it further.
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First of all I would like to thank you all for the great responses that you sent me. This is my very first RV. It's a used 40ft 2001 diesel pusher Tiffin Allegro Bus that's new to me. It came with a 2001 Chevy Malibu as a flat tow car with a blue ox tow bar. I want to get a small are mid size flat tow truck, so I can put two scooters in the bed of it. Im looking for something used that has under 100,000 miles. Anyone have any suggestions on what and where to start?
Renne Harper,
Depending on what you mean by two "Scooters", you've got a few choices out there. Some folks (guys) call a full dress Harley a "Scooter" and yet, there are "real" scooters out there like, small Vespa scooters, I think another one close the description of a Scooter is the Ruckus, I forgot who makes it, Honda or Yamaha. So, anyway, "small" is the key word here.

Now, as I stated in my previous post, some Ford Rangers, in the 4x4 automatic edition are flat towable but, a slight enhancement is needed to make them so. What's needed is called an "NTK" or, Neutral Tow Kit. What that is, is a small LED and bracket that's attached to the dash that has a label on it stating "NEUTRAL". Then, the truck is taken to a local Ford dealer and a tech, attaches his/her little computer to the main harness and basically re-programs the shift motor on the transfer case to actually put the transfer case in the NEUTRAL position. When that happens, it sends a signal to the newly added LED under the dash and lights it up telling you that, your transfer case is now in neutral and you're OK to tow.

Now, first off, not all the Ranger years are covered in the little NTK addition. You'd have to do some probing to find out just what years are covered and, depending on your outlook, you'll have to determine if you want to go through that kind of a hassle or not.

If not, the next choice is either the Chevy Colorado or, the GMC Sonoma 4x4 trucks. Both are authorized right from the factory to be flat towed. The procedure for prepping for towing is simple. But, again, depending on how big your "Scooters" are, one of them could do the trick for you.

Another one is the Dodge Durango. It's also flat towable. So, just some info to digest here. Good luck.

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Not 100% sure about this but we used to own a 2004 F-150 automatic. While it was our understanding the the F-150s with the electronic shift transfer case were NOT towable (as has been previously stated here), ours had the manual shift transfer case and we always understood that ours would have been towable. Unfortunately we traded the truck before we had a chance (or the need) to confirm it. I believe you will find that only the very base model F-150s had the manual transfer case in 2004. I also happen to believe the truck weighed more than we wanted to tow behind our motorhome. That may be more of an issue than the transfer case. Good luck if you decide to pursue it further.
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You are correct in the fact that just about anything with a "Manual" transfer case shift mechanism is flat towable. The reason is, about 99.99999999% of the manually shifted transfer cases out there have a NEUTRAL in the selection of the gears. And, when that's there, then you're normally cool to tow. But, to be honest and, really truthful here, even if one acquires a manually shifted transfer case truck, like an F-150 or any other unit, I'd still tour the owners manual for authorization and instructions just to be sure.
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Thank you all very much for your input. What l meant by scooters is two 50 cc scooters that are around 28 inches wide by around 60 inches long. I want to tie them down in the bed of a preferably small truck side by side nose to tail. If anyone happens to run across something out there that may fit what I need please give me a heads up, again thank you all for you guidence.
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